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Artist's impressionRedOrbit News reports that astronomers have discovered a minature solar system orbiting a distance brown dwarf using NASA’s state of the art Spitzner Space Telescope. The Brown Dwarf, a mere 8 times as massive as Jupiter is one of the smallest brown dwarfs ever detected. In addition, this brown dwarf is the smallest known to harbor a rocky planet forming disk of dust and debris.

Astonishingly, this brown Dwarf, located about 500 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation Chamaeleon is very young. Its approximated age is only about 2 million years, making it an infant in terms of stellar bodies.
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Robot ExhibitionYahoo! News has a story about how ambitious Japanese researchers are developing a robot to train doctors. A research team from Nagoya University has unvieled their working prototype at the launch of the previously reported Internaional Robot Exhibition.

“The so-called Micro Surgery Robot resembles a surgeon and enters the fake blood vessels of a translucent human-shaped dummy.
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The 2005 International Robot Exhibition is taking place in the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Japan). The Theme this year is “From Manufacturing to Daily Life.” With the continued development in robotics, especially over the last few years, they have been moving from the factory floor to the family room. The aim of this conference is to emphasize the harmonization of humans and robots, persue the range of the state of the art in robotic technology and help people understand how it contributes to the world.

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Iranian Space Program Guardian Unlimited reports that Iran has been snapping up space launch technologies as quickly as possible for its ambitious satellite launch program. Reports of this ambitious space program have already fueled fears that the “rogue” state is only looking to do a quick build upon its Shahab-3 missile which boasts a current known range of 1,240 miles – that’s more than enough range to strike Israel.

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Artist's depiction of Hayabusa's touch DownOnce Again the Japanese Space Probe Hayabusa has made the news and once again it is because the probe has developed another problem. Reuters, along with every other news organization on the planet has reported that Hayabusa’s return journey to Earth may be very much in doubt. Soon after lifting off from the asteroid on which it had “collected” material, Hayabusa developed a leak in one of its thrusters and as a result began to shake uncontrollably. Communication with the Probe was also briefly lost.
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Robotic Teacher Tired of your teacher droning on? Tired of your teacher droning on? Class lectures boring? Well a solution is being assembled, literally. Students at the Northwest Technical Institute have constructed a Robot they hope is intelligent enough to instruct future classes.

“In addition to teaching future electronics classes, the robot will have duties at planned workshops this summer for children to learn robotics. Although no dates have been set, Graham said the camps would likely be one week long with opportunities for children ages 10-13 to learn about and build their own robots.”
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RIA Vovosti “A project for a flight around the Moon really exists and we are currently studying it,” said Alexei Krasnov, the head of the agency’s department of piloted programs. “This flight may cost some $100 million for a tourist.”
An 8 to 10 day trip involving a stop at the ISS. The trip will rendevous with a booster that can drive the Soyuz capsule to the Moon and back. One loop of the moon and it’s back to planet Earth. A memorable trip to be sure.